Whenever I have a bit of time off, I am always asking myself this question, as I LOVE spending my spare time in the kitchen. To a lot of people, baking is somewhat of an arduous task, but I enjoy it to no end. It doesn’t matter whether I am making an old favorite, or creating something new, I just relish the time that I can spend making yummy treats and snacks for my family and friends (and our sweet dogs too!). Today, I only had a few errands to run, so I knew that I would get to spend some time with my KitchenAid mixer and my Sil-pat (which made me very excited!). While I did bake something familiar (peanut butter-pumpkin dog treats), I decided to get a little creative when making my second treat: rather than make “regular” oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make a bar cookie with a similar base, but with a texture more similar to a granola bar. I must say, I really do like how they turned out, though my husband might disagree; since he wanted actual oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies, I don’t know if he’ll be too crazy about these, but I think he’ll come around to the idea.
That being said, if you’re interested in trying a new recipe, this is a good one, since it’s not complicated, and you don’t even have to form individual cookies!
Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Bars
1/2 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 sticks of butter, softened
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3 c. oats
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
1. Cream butter and both sugars; add eggs and vanilla.
2. Combine dry ingredients (except for oats and chocolate chips) and add to creamed mixture; beat until combined.
3. Add chocolate chips and oats, and stir in by hand; press into an ungreased 13×9 pan.